Summary: Evangelistic youth message.
You Wanna See the Light?
One of the things you notice working in schools is all the in things.
Something that is definetly in at the moment is skateboarding. And
this helps me to feel like I am back at high school since
skateboarding was in when I started High school. Not that I know
how to ride one. But it does cause me to cast my mind back. Back
more than a decade. Which I guess is beginning to get a little
When I was young... ger, everybody, all my friends were into
skateboarding and so I thought I should be, too. So when my
Birthday came round, I think it was my twelfth birthday, I asked for
a skateboard. My mum stood there stunned. She was shocked. All
my life I have been into team sports and so every birthday I would
ask for a football or a basketball or a soccerball. In fact this was the
only time I ever got something other than a ball until I was about
16. But my parents decided to get me one anyway. The problem
was the one they got me was the wrong one. I could use it just the
same as any other skateboard, badly. The problem was that this
was some Kmart brand. It was the wrong one. But I didn’t let that
stop me. So I took it out the back... and straight into the garage.
Grabbed some sandpaper and eventually I had a clean deck. Then
I got some paint and did my best impersonation of an Alva logo
because that was an acceptable brand. Put some new wheels on it
and now it was ready to impress. The only problem was that while I
was working on it my little brother had told some of my friends what
I was doing. I was found out. So I never rode the thing. The
following year I got a basketball. I learnt my lesson.
I tell that story because it illustrates a truth. We act the way we
think others want us to act. We all have facades or masks that we
put up so that we will be accepted. We put up images to others of
the sought of person we want them to believe we are so that we
will be accepted. We wear the right clothes. Talk the right talk. And
walk the right walk. The problem is that it is just not us. It is a
facade. A disguise. And pretty soon we’ll begin to feel like we are
just a sideshow attraction and like we have lost something,
something that was never seen. We’ll want to come into the light
and be ourselves.
Who can tell me what the school motto at Cardiff High School is?
Know Thyself. Two words expressing the simplest message. Know
thyself. But two words expressing one of the hardest of all tasks.
To know thyself is hard because we like to live in the darkness of
the image we present to those around us. We spend so much time
in the darkness of the facade that we have decieved ourselves and
we don’t know who we really are. We know that we can’t stay in the
darkness, we need to be oursleves and come into the light.
So if we want to escape the darkness, to see the light, why can’t
I know a thing or two about light and darkness. Some of you have
heard this story before. I go to college in Sydney. And last year to
make it to my Theology lecture at 8 o’clock on a Tuesday morning,
I had to get up at 4:30 in the morning. And at 4:30am it is pitch
black. Now I don’t know about you but at 4:30 in the morning I’m in
a coma. Before I went to college, I didn’t even know 4:30 came
twice in one day. But every Tuesday morning at 4:30 at the Short’s
house the alarm went off. Now the alarm clock we use is
Catherine’s and it goes like this. Beep! Beep! Beep! That wouldn’t
get me out of a daydream. And so every Tuesday morning, without
fail, Catherine would begin to push and shove and kick me in an
attempt to remind me that I’m the one who has to get up. And
amazingly, my hand flies out and lands on the button to shut it off.
And nine minutes later we do it all again. Because no-one...
no-one gets up after the first buzz, right.
And so at 4:39am, after the second buzz, my left foot says to my
right foot, “It’s your turn to get out first, I got out last time.” And my
right foot says, “na ah”. And I tell them both to shut up, cause I’m